Subject and Regional Readers in Historical Archaeology

The Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new reader series: Perspectives from Historical Archaeology. The Perspectives volumes offer subject matter and regional selections of articles published in the SHA’s journal, Historical Archaeology. Each volume is developed by a compiler who is an expert in the material and who selects the articles and their structure. The compiler also provides an introduction that presents an overview of the substantive work on that topic. Perspectives volumes offer non-archaeologists a convenient source for important publications on a subject or a region; an excellent resource for students interested in developing a specialization in a specific topic or area; affordable and comprehensive sources for course adoption; as well as a convenient reference for archaeologists with an interest in the subject matter.

The Perspectives series is managed by the SHA’s Journal Editor and Co-Publications Editor and is published through the SHA’s Print-On-Demand (POD) Press. Use of a POD Press for publishing allows us to develop multiple titles simultaneously, and the SHA’s intent is to use this publishing format to significantly expand the range of written resources on historical archaeology. The first volume in this series is compiled by Chris Fennell on the Archaeology of the African Diaspora. Containing 24 articles, the Fennell reader traces African sites, cultures, and materials from West Africa to South America, through the Caribbean, and in their expressions in both northern and southern North America. It is a unique and highly important contribution to the archaeology of the Diaspora.

Subject matter readers that are in development include: Agriculture, Plantations, Foodways/Subsistence, Religious Sites and Cemeteries, Public Archaeology, and Underwater Archaeology. The first regional reader, on the Mid-Atlantic, is also in progress, as is a reader on Colonial Sites. Copies of the readers can be ordered either perfect bound or as pdf from the SHA POD Bookstore: The Fennell African Diaspora volume is published at a price of $25 for print copy and $12 for pdf and the SHA’s intent is to make this series affordable and accessible.

The Series Editors are interested in hearing from compilers with an interest in developing readers on Urban Archaeology, Ethnicity, Gender, Landscapes, and Military Sites, as well as those with regional interests. Individuals interested in compiling a volume for publication through this series are encouraged to contact the editors: J. W. Joseph, PhD, RPA Journal Editor, SHA New South Associates, Inc. 6150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Annalies Corbin, PhD Co-Publications Editor, SHA The PAST Foundation 1929 Kenny Road, Suite 200 Columbus, OH 43210